BATE's Hleb: We knew we could beat Bayern

The former Barcelona player has revealed it was a great feeling to get one over the German giants and claims the Belarusians always believed they could cause an upset
BATE Borisov midfielder Aliaksandr Hleb is delighted with his team's win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League and insists they were confident of beating the Bundesliga giants.

The Belarusian outfit caused one of the shocks of the season in Europe's top competition with their emphatic 3-1 victory over the Bavarians. It was their second consecutive win in the group stages - after beating French side Lille on their own turf on Matchday 1 - and it has left them as the surprise leaders of Group F.

The much-travelled Hleb was ecstatic with his team's most recent triumph and is adamant that even before the match, his team felt that they could record an unlikely win.

"Of course it's a great sensation to win. We always believed in it all along," Hleb was quoted.

The former Arsenal man has had a difficult few years, being farmed out to Stuttgart, Birmingham City and Wolfsburg on loan while at Barcelona. The 31-year-old then left the Catalans for Russian side Krylya Sovetov at the tail end of last season before joining BATE in the summer.

Now back in his homeland, Hleb is focusing on the Belarusian side, but is thankful for the opportunities he has had in his career - getting to play for some of the best teams in the world.

"Everyone wants to play for a big club. That was my goal and I achieved it," he continued.

"I love this game. I have been around the place, that is for sure, but, I achieved my goals."